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‘Captain America: Civil War’ parody pits Sanders against Trump

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As part of the kickoff for “Marvel Week” on his late-night show, Jimmy Kimmel premiered the new trailer for Captain America: Civil War — no, wait. Make that AMERICA: Civil War, starring presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

“There’s some interesting parallels between our current presidential election and the movie Captain America: Civil War,” Kimmel explained. “Both of them feature former friends who are now enemies. They both feature powerful men and women who are also cartoon characters.”

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‘Gravity Falls’ creator turns presidential candidates into Pokemon

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Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch tried to draw Pokémon while listening to U.S. election news, and we’re all the better for it, because the result is this wonderful series that fuses presidential candidates with the little pocket monsters.

His “Presidential Pokémon” delivers Bernie Sanders as Charmander, Trump as Muck, Hillary Clinton as Butterfree, Marco Rubio as Diglett and Carson as Snorlax. Gravity Falls animator and storyboard artist Dana Terrace also stepped in with “HypnoCruz” (“Type: Creepy ATTACKS: Makes women sterile just by looking at them SECRET: Is the Zodiac Killer”).

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CNN commentator compares Donald Trump to an X-Men villain, makes some good points

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Whether you love or loathe Donald J. Trump, there’s no denying that there are plenty of Americans out there these days comparing him to supervillains.

But tonight on CNN’s ongoing coverage of the latest round of presidential primaries, commentator Van Jones took the practice to a new nerdy level by linking the Republican frontrunner/real estate magnate/“short-fingered vulgarian” to X-Men villain Sebastian Shaw.

But before Trump’s supporters show up in the comments to call the comparison unfair, know that Jones’ take played into one of Trump’s perceived strengths as a candidate.

“The harder you hit [Shaw], the stronger he gets,” Jones told a panel led by Anderson Cooper. “We’re gonna see how many bullets [Trump] can eat.”

Check out the video clip below via the Twitter page of Washington D.C. shop Fantom Comics as well as Jones’ own social media nerd flag waving.

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Garbage Pail Kids cast their vote with new presidential candidate cards

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Managing to straddle the divide between timely and nostalgic, Topps has unveiled nine new Garbage Pail Kids cards featuring the presidential candidates, just in time for the New Hampshire primary. There’s a catch, however: They’re only available for 24 hours.

That’s probably just as well, though, considering that by this time Wednesday, a couple of those candidates will probably have dropped out of the race.

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Marvel’s Ike Perlmutter gives $1M to Trump’s veterans fundraiser

 

Reclusive Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter was drawn into the spotlight Thursday with the announcement that he and wife Laura had donated $1 million to Donald Trump’s fundraiser for wounded veterans.

The Republican presidential candidate described Perlmutter as “one of the great, great men of our country in terms of business and talent” during a rally last night at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, held at the same time as the GOP primary debate broadcast on Fox News.

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Superman says ‘Lend a Friendly Hand’ to refugees

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Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved considerably stricter screening procedures for refugees from Syria and Iraq seeking resettlement in the United States, despite a veto threat from the White House. It’s a controversial and highly criticized move that has further sparked the current debate on whether or not the United States should allow Syrian refugees to enter the country, but it looks like Superman has already made his stance clear — 55 years ago.

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Emperor Palpatine claims city council seat in Ukraine election

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In the wake of Chewbacca’s arrest Sunday in Ukraine, Emperor Palpatine has risen to power — however much he can have on Odessa City Council.

According to multiple reports, Darth Sidious himself (aka “Palpatine Dmitry”) claimed a seat on the port city’s council after securing 54.4 percent of the vote in Odessa’s Poselok Kotovskogo. If only the actual Palpatine’s rise had been so streamlined, the Star Wars prequels would’ve been a lot more bearable.

Still, Palpatine Dmitry’s success left at least one politician bewildered.

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Empire strikes back as Chewbacca is arrested in Ukraine

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Following the unveiling of the Darth Vader statue in Odessa, Ukraine, the Empire didn’t waste any time in tightening its iron grip.

Video surfaced Sunday of a very unhappy Chewbacca being detained not by Stormtroopers but by local police for, among other things, illegal campaigning on election day. Hadn’t they been told to let the Wookiee win?

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Lenin statue transformed into Darth Vader in Ukraine

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The reach of the Galactic Empire has extended far beyond the Outer Rim to Ukraine, where a statue of former Russian leader Vladimir Lenin has been transformed into a monument to Darth Vader.

Citing local reports, the Russian news agency TASS states the plaster statue resides at a factory in the port city of Odessa, where workers and local residents decided “it is time for new heroes.”

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Jeb Bush declares Supergirl is ‘pretty hot’

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Following days of heated exchanges regarding his brother and 9/11, Jeb Bush should’ve welcomed a softball question about his favorite Marvel superhero. However, the struggling Republican presidential contender swung, missed and then got a little weird.

Appearing Wednesday at a Libre Initiative forum in Las Vegas, the former Florida governor initially seemed prepared for the question (“Who is your favorite superhero — Marvel, they have in parenthesis — and why?”), delivering a response tailored to the conservative audience. “I like watching the movies,” Bush said, “and I wish I owned Marvel, as somebody who believes in capitalism.”

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Say hello to Buddie, Ohio’s pro-marijuana superhero

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Metropolis has Superman, Gotham City has Batman, and now Ohio has a superhero of its very own. However, some critics it were somebody else — anybody else.

Meet Buddie, the caped crusader enlisted by ResponsibleOhio to aid in the fight to legalize marijuana in the Buckeye State. You’ll recognize him by his green-and-white costume, marijuana leaf-like gloves, washboard abs, half-closed eyes and blinding smile. Oh, and by the enormous marijuana bud that serves as his head.

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Kevin Conroy reminds Donald Trump who’s the real Batman

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Forget Christian Bale and Michael Keaton: For a generation of fans, Kevin Conroy is Batman. Over the past 23 years, the actor has voiced the Caped Crusader in more than 30 projects, ranging from Batman: The Animated Series to Justice League: Doom to Batman: Arkham Knight — and he’s not about to allow Donald Trump to lay claim to the cape and cowl.

Campaigning over the weekend at the Iowa State Fair, the presidential candidate took groups of children a ride in his $7 million customized helicopter. Asked by a 9-year-old boy whether he’s Batman, the Republican frontrunner now famously replied in a husky voice, “I am Batman.”

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Donald Trump is the night in this ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ parody

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After inspiring a hashtag and a parody Twitter account, the next logical step in the evolution of the “BatTrump” meme is, of course, an animated mashup.

Inspired by Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s joking proclamation that “I am Batman,” ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! brought together audio of the presidential candidate and footage from Batman: The Animated Series to see what he would be like as the Caped Crusader.

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Donald Trump spills his secret identity: ‘I am Batman’

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has billions of dollars, a customized helicopter and jet, and an affinity for emblazoning his logo on any flat surface, but over the weekend he demonstrated he’s no Bruce Wayne.

While appearing Saturday at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Trump revealed his secret identity — an amateur move. It wasn’t the $7 million helicopter with ‘TRUMP” plastered on the side that gave it away, or the red ball cap with “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN,” but rather the candidate himself: He confessed to being Batman.

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Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager has a secret identity: comic book store owner

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is currently the primary contender to frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the early field of candidates for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Campaign manager Jeff Weaver is at the head of Sanders’ efforts — and he’s also the owner and operator of a comic shop, as reported on earlier this week by Mother Jones.

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